Lens Review: Dyron Double Macro M77

Magnify your macro underwater photography
By Michael Zeigler

Always up for trying something new, I volunteered to field test the Dyron Double Macro M77 lens and Ikelite port adapter


Ever since discovering the wonderful world of macro underwater photography, I have been looking for ways to get higher magnification.  Using the Dyron Double Macro M77 lens is certainly one way to do it.  I typically use my 60mm macro lens along with a 1.4x Kenko teleconverter, which is attached directly to the camera body.  Therefore, once I put my camera in the housing, it's there to stay for the duration of the dive.

The versatility of being able to remove the Dyron Double Macro M77 lens underwater came in handy.  I was able to shoot fish portraits without the wet lens on the port, and when I saw, for example, a potentially great nudibranch photograph, I simply attached the port adapter and lens, and voilà, I was ready to get some great magnification for the shot. 


The Dyron Double Macro M77 lens and port adapter on my Ikelite D90 macro port.



The Lens

Double Macro M77 features dual coated lenses to limit distortion, and Dyron now also offers an adaptor that allows any M77 threaded lens to be attached externally to Subal, Ikelite, Hugyfot, or Seacam macro ports. This gives the underwater photographer the option of adding an external diopter, in this case the Double Macro M77, to increase magnification to these ports.

It easily attached to the front of my macro port, and when I chose to take it off underwater, it was secured to the port with its own leash.  One should take care, however, to make sure the lens does not contact the reef while it is off the front of the port.  It may get scratched, and/or it may damage the environment.

Due to the magnification of the lens, it did not allow me to focus my 60mm lens to infinity, but rather forced me to get closer to the subject, which is exactly what I should be doing in the first place!


Left: Dyron Double Macro Lens.  Right: Dyron port adapter for Ikelite flat ports.




Underwater Photographs with the Dyron Double Marco lens


All of my underwater photographs were shot using my Nikon D90 and 60mm macro lens in my Ikelite housing. My Ikelite strobes were set to TTL, and I used either one or both strobes, depending the subject and effect I wanted to create.


Flabellina iodinea nudibranch.  1/200, F14, ISO 200



         Picture taken without the M77                                                                                                    Same focal distance with the M77


            Picture taken without the M77                                                                                            Same focal distance with the M77


1/200, F14, ISO 200



1/200, F20, ISO 200



1/200, F16, ISO 200




Further Reading


Michael Zeigler is a contributor, instructor, and trip leader for the Underwater Photography Guideand Bluewater Photo, as well as an AAUS Scientific Diver. Michael's underwater photography and blog can be seen at SeaInFocus.com.


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How would compare the M77

How would compare the M77 with the 1.4 teleconverter. Do you also loose some light with the M77 mounted as you do with a tc ?.
And autofocus does it work best with the M77 or tc ?


How would compare the M77

How would compare the M77 with the 1.4 teleconverter. Do you also loose some light with the M77 mounted as you do with a tc ?.
And autofocus does it work best with the M77 or tc ?


Double Macro M77

Hi Mike,
Does the Double Macro M77 actually magnify or does it just allow you to get closer like typical diopters?
I need something to magnify. I don't need to get closer, I am on top of the critter now.
Ken H

It magnifies, Ken.

It magnifies, Ken.

Michael Zeigler [url]http://www.seainfocus.com[/url]


Zig: Some great pics, I particularly like the last two. These were taken with the 60 + 1.4 right?

Bill, all the pics were taken

Bill, all the pics were taken with the 60mm and the M77 lens.  The 1.4x stayed at home for that shoot. 


Michael Zeigler [url]http://www.seainfocus.com[/url]


What is the cost on th M77?


You can find the M77 here.

Michael Zeigler [url]http://www.seainfocus.com[/url]